Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' 

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 (pronunciation at link)  (ah-neh' mo-knee  high' breh-dah)

Common name:  Windflower, Japanese Anemone

Family:  Buttercup, Ranunculaceae

Height x width: 3-4 x 1.5-2 (spreading to 4 feet or more)

Growth rate, habit: moderate to vigorous, upright compact mound of leaves to one foot high; spreads by creeping rhizomes

Foliage: dark green, mostly basal, lightly covered with fine hairs, trifoliate, each leaf oval, palmate, with toothed margins; smaller leaves along flowering stems

Flowers: single, 2-3in. across, 6-9 overlapping white petaloid sepals slightly ruffled (apetalous or no petals), yellow center stamens; poppy-like appearance; on long, wiry branched stems above leaves; long bloom period in Aug-Sept

Hardiness: USDA zones 4-7 (9 in the west)

Soil:  well-drained, evenly moist; doesn't tolerate drought well

Light:  sun to part shade (latter often best, particularly in warmer climates)

Pests and problems:  none serious, tall plants (low light, high fertility) may need some support; deer and rabbit resistant; may be susceptible to nematodes, caterpillars, slugs, flea beetles

Landscape habit, uses:  borders, cottage gardens, cut flowers, woodland gardens in open clearings or on margins, tall ground cover, masses, watersides; combines well with white-variegated hosta and grasses, asters, monkshood, hellebores

Other interest: from Greek anemone for windflower-- Anemone was the daughter of the wind in Greek mythology; this old garden hybrid was discovered in 1858 in Verdun, France in the garden of Messier Jobert and which he named for his daughter; a chance sport of A. x hybrida, this in turn being a cross of 2 or 3 of A. hupehensis, A. vitifolium, and A. tomentosa; the name is misapplied from a record error since plants came to England from Japan, but the parents are originally from central and SW China; may be found as A.x  hybrida 'Alba'; contact with sap may irritate skin in some people, ingestion may cause mild stomach upset; RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993; Perennial Plant of the Year for 2016 (Perennial Plant Association)

Other culture:  wind protection may help; avoid wet and poorly drained soils; may establish slowly but vigorous (not invasive) once established and may form large colonies; easily transplanted in spring to keep in control if too vigorous;  late to emerge in spring

Propagation:  spring division, best is root cuttings during winter

Sources:  many online and local specialty nurseries



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